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How Sweet the Sound

July 25, 2016

Excellent, Ronnie!!

Ronnie McBrayer

amazinggrace“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.” Of course, those words are the opening stanza of the most beloved hymn in the English-speaking world, and one of the most recorded songs in history: “Amazing Grace.”

The legendary hymn was written by Englishman John Newton, whose birthday is this week, a man who in his youth had likewise achieved a legendary reputation, though “notorious” would be more accurate. Newton began his career, not as a hymn writer, but as a sailor; a sailor so filthy, vile, and foul that his captain wrote of him, “Newton is the most profane man I have ever met, not only using the worst words I have ever heard, but creating new ones to exceed the limits of verbal debauchery.”

This captain wasn’t writing as some moralistic…

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